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Joe Henderson: Love is perfect message on day of horror

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(Editor’s note: We bring this column to highlight an important viewpoint on Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando.) The sermon Sunday morning in my house of worship was about love. In light of current events that seems odd, doesn’t it? We woke to the news that a gunman with apparent ties to radical Islam murdered at least 50 people during a shooting rampage in Orlando. Pastor Patina Ripkey acknowledged the horror 90 miles to the east. And then spent the next…

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Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for Orange County after Orlando shooting

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Orange County after the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub Sunday morning, which has so far claimed 50 lives and is the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. In an executive order issued Sunday, Scott declared that Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen would be the State Coordinating Officer for the duration of the emergency. In the order, Scott announced that Swearingen has the authority to direct the state’s…

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